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School bond: Bond opponents support schools

When are Dr. Schulte and the rest of the school board going to learn?

According to the Whidbey News-Times, Dr. Schulte expressed disappointment (at the failing of the bond proposal) and said the school board will meet and consider options, “but they don’t have a Plan B at this point.”

That was one of the major problems. There never was a Plan B. While Dr. Schulte was smart enough to note that the district’s M&O levy did not pass on the first attempt, but passed the second time after taking a community survey, holding hearings, and REDUCING the amount of the levy, it begs the question as to why the same approach wasn’t used for the re-model proposal. Instead, an over-assuming, arrogant school board decided that they knew what was best and pushed their “all or nothing” plan on the very people who would decide (the voters) and that’s what they got, nothing.

Let’s at least be honest. How much deliberation was there, really, over the proposals? Why weren’t more surveys and public hearings done before asking voters to come up with $77M? Almost anyone who looked at the real bottom line felt that was expensive, but I have no doubt that a less expensive (and expansive) plan would have passed. Come on, a so-called performing arts center with a seating capacity of only 500. Whose bright idea was that?

Now that the bond proposal for the OHHS remodel has been voted down, I can guarantee at least one thing will happen: The finger pointing will begin as to why the proposal failed. Undoubtedly many will (incorrectly) point towards individuals who spoke out against the bond. The character assassinations will continue (shame on the Whidbey News-Times for being so biased), while it escapes many on the pro-bond side that most of the school bond’s opponents never argued that improvements didn’t need to be made. They opposed the bond because it didn’t maximize scarce tax dollars. Still, opponents will get painted as being anti-school and anti-kids, just like when the M&O levy failed the first time. . .

If the school board is smart, they’ll revisit the bond issue, take a more fiscally conservative approach, get the community more involved, and come up with a more reasonable plan. Another thing they might consider doing is restoring some of their credibility, after all the mud slinging and innuendo towards bond opponents.

Why do some folks never learn?

John Clark

Oak Harbor

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